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With tree lot open, The Plant Foundry hosts special events

Small Business Saturday and Holiday Open House coming soon

Aretha, the cat at The Plant Foundry, oversees garlands for the holiday season. The urban nursery has special events scheduled this weekend and Dec. 2.

Aretha, the cat at The Plant Foundry, oversees garlands for the holiday season. The urban nursery has special events scheduled this weekend and Dec. 2. Courtesy The Plant Foundry

It’s undeniably holiday season at local nurseries as fresh (often local) evergreens have arrived – just in time for Thanksgiving weekend!

In Sacramento’s Oak Park neighborhood, The Plant Foundry opened its tree lot early with hundreds of fresh firs – particularly California red fir “silvertips” and noble firs. Aretha, the store mascot and official greeter, supervised the garland and wreath-making station, featuring fresh cedar and other evergreens.

“Our crew worked tirelessly all day (Saturday and Sunday) putting up trees,” posted the store’s staff.

Unloading the trees was only part of the job. As is the store’s tradition, ever tree has a name (often after sports stars or celebrities).

The Plant Foundry also offers delivery to nearby zip codes, including 95816, 95817, 95818, 95819 and 95820. Other parts of greater Sacramento can arrange for delivery, too, by calling 916-917-5787.

On Saturday, Nov. 25, The Plant Foundry will celebrate “Small Business Saturday” – the #ShopSmall antidote to Black Friday. Special deals and a welcoming atmosphere will fill the urban nursery and garden store, open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The following Saturday, Dec. 2, The Plant Foundry welcomes everyone to its annual Holiday Open House. “Refreshments! Santa! 4RFriends Pet Adoptions! Christmas Trees & Gifts Galore! Rain or Shine!” posted owner Angela Pratt to Facebook.

The special festivities are set for 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 2. Admission is free. Nearby street parking is available.

The Plant Foundry is at 3500 Broadway, Sacramento.

Details and directions: www.plantfoundry.com.

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